zen

Longmire: I don’t look at peace as the absence of conflict alvin August 16, 2017 - 8:42am

Zachary: I ran into one of my brother’s work buddies, he introduced me to Tai Chi. It saved me.

Longmire: How so?

Zachary: I like to put it like this ... I went to church a lot as a kid, and we were always taught to love our enemies. Tai Chi taught me something new — to love the enemy inside me, as well. So I don’t look at peace as the absence of conflict any more. I see it as the acceptance of conflict.

(From the tv series Longmire)

Albert Einstein, Zen Master? alvin August 10, 2017 - 4:10pm

Knowing of my interest in Zen, a friend of mine sent me this photo of a letter from Albert Einstein to a parent grieving after the loss of a child:

Albert Einstein, Zen Master

Walk With Me, a film about Thich Nhat Hanh alvin August 3, 2017 - 5:39pm

Benedict Cumberbatch narrates a film about Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh titled, Walk With Me. You can see the movie preview here on YouTube, and learn more at WalkWithMeFilm.com.

Happiness will follow you as a shadow clings to a form alvin August 3, 2017 - 12:45pm

“If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you as a shadow clings to a form.”

~ from the Kung Fu tv series

A scientific study to capture images of your brain on LSD alvin July 31, 2017 - 5:31pm

QZ.com published information about a scientific study to capture images of your brain on LSD. Quotes from the article:

“Nutt’s study ... was the first to use brain imaging to show the effects of LSD ... it showed that the drug weakens the rhythm of alpha brainwaves, which are known to be stronger in humans than other animals, and are considered a signature of high-level consciousness.”

“The study also found that LSD causes brain activity to become less coordinated in regions that make up the brain’s ‘default mode network,’ which is responsible for maintaining a stable sense of self. The greater the drug’s effect on the brain, the more participants experienced ego-dissolution, where the self melds with world around you.”

From the accompanying video: “LSD can also make people lose their sense of self ... as the higher-level network disintegrates, and normally estranged parts of the brain begin to interact, people’s thoughts and the outside world start to feel like the same thing.”

Live in the moment (unless it’s unpleasant, in which case I’ll eat a cookie) alvin July 31, 2017 - 11:35am

“Today I will live in the moment ... unless it’s unpleasant, in which case I’ll eat a cookie.”

~ Cookie Monster

To know love, be like the running brook ~ Kung Fu alvin July 30, 2017 - 9:27pm

“To know love, be like the running brook, which deaf, yet sings its melody for others to hear. Feel the pain of too much tenderness. Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for yet another day of loving.”

~ Kung Fu

Perfect wisdom is unplanned (Kung Fu) alvin July 30, 2017 - 9:27pm

“Perfect wisdom is unplanned. Perfect living offers no guarantee to a peaceful death. Learn first, how to live. Learn second, how not to kill. Learn third, how to live with death. Learn fourth, how to die.”

~ Master Po, Kung Fu

Sun Microsystems, Facebook, and impermanence alvin July 29, 2017 - 12:31pm

This is a smart photo about impermanence from this Twitter page.